Chris McKinney was born in Honolulu and grew up in Kahalu`u on the island of Oahu. He portrays the island experience from the inside, where children of mixed ethnicity grow up far from the clear water and pristine beaches of the rich visitors’ resorts. Chris is the author of five novels, The Tattoo, The Queen […]

Donald Carreira Ching was born and raised in Kahalu’u. He graduated with his BA in English and his MA in Creative Writing from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, where he also received the Myrtle Clark Award with distinction and the Sumie Saiki Award for Fiction. His short stories have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies […]

Born and raised in Hawaiʻi, Kwon received her BA from University of Southern California in English and creative writing, and her PhD from University of California, Los Angeles in American literature. She is the author of Beyond Keʻeaumoku: Koreans, Nationalism and Local Culture in Hawaiʻi; co-editor of YOBO: Korean American Writing in Hawaiʻi and The Sum of Breathing, which […]

9:00am — Check-in and Coffee (on the lanai) 9:30am — Welcome and Introduction of Teachers   10:00-11:30 — First Workshop Sessions (choose one): Fiction with Stephanie Han (in AC 101) Poetry with Christy Passion (AC 204) Creative Nonfiction with Don Wallace (AC 203)    12:00-1:00 — Lunch (on lanai) 1:00-2:00 — Keynote Address by Stuart […]

  Stephanie Han’s award-winning debut short story collection Swimming in Hong Kong (Willow Springs/Eastern Washington University Press) was the sole finalist for the AWP Grace Paley Prize and the Spokane Prize. Han is the very first English literature PhD from City University of Hong Kong, and received grants and fellowships from the Los Angeles Department […]